A group of boaters is being thanked by the Erie County Sheriff's Office for their quick action in rescuing a woman from the Niagara River.

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The incident happened just after 6 p.m. on Thursday, reports WIVB.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the woman was already receiving first aid from the boaters, including CPR.

According to WIVB, the woman's condition is currently unknown, but that she was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office called the group of boaters heroes.

Michael Casacci was one of the boaters who helped.

According to WKBW:

He had just left Rich’s Marina near the foot of Hertel on a boat with some friends when he heard the commotion on the water. “They immediately started screaming, “Save her!”

A friend had pointed out the woman struggling in the water, and Casacci put on a life vest and swam out to assist.

“She immediately saw somebody laying down face down in the water. We tried to get close but it was right next to the break wall and it’s scary to drive your boat anywhere close to there," reports WKBW.


Casacci continues:

"My four friends on the boat all reached all in, we all grabbed arms, and it took everything in us to lift her and put her on the boat.”


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